A Comment on Nietzsche
05 July 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
Nietzsche's will to power concept is widely misunderstood.
In his review of "El Ingenioso Hidalgo don Quixote de la Mancha" (Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra -- he was a literary critic as well -- he explained that the Don's willed and total transformation of himself to the galant defender of women and goodness, beyond all need or good sense -- was the quintessential exemplar of the will to power. For the key to the concept was not the Hitlerian take of dominating others, but perfect transformational self mastery by will instead.
But Nietzsche went further. He willed his own misreading and misunderstanding of his written work by casual and thoughtless readers because, as he said, he wrote only for the finest minds who could read thoroughly and think seriously: to see him approach conclusions, back away from them and return to the ideas elsewhere. Only they could read all his works and understand his views and positions and realize the luxury of watching him think and develop his thoughts as scattered throughout his writings.
Nietzsche used aphorisms in much he wrote because he did not trust the conscious mind to think systematically -- citing the Catholic catechism as the greatest example of failed systematic thinking. He thought in aphorismatic spurts to stay as close to his subconscious mind as he could when he occasionally got glimpses of it in his own conscious thinking. He learned how from the Stoics. Nietzsche thought the subconscious was key and most profound and that the conscious mind was our playground for foolishness and entertainment. CheeseBob is an example, along with the world of cartoon animation.
Nietzsche, to his own amusement and entertainment, was and is widely misunderstood, with his sister at that vanguard more to his distress because she married a Nazi official. But it is true that Nietzsche wrote only for the most able minds.